Experts say California's iconic Pacific Coast Highway could fall into the ocean

Source: The Hill | March 3, 2021 | Anagha Srikanth

Parts of the roadway are already under repair.

Even as California is rebuilding a section of the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, experts warn that climate change is upping the chances it will simply collapse into the ocean again. 

Last month, a section of the highway just south of Big Sur in Central California collapsed over the cliffside after heavy rainfall sent water and debris downstream near Rat Creek. Landslides brought on by winter weather have reportedly plagued the stretch of highway above the Pacific Ocean for years, including in 2017, when a collapse left residents isolated for about eight months. Still, the scenic drive is a major tourist attraction in California and the state is spending $5 million in emergency repairs.


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